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Should all big developments in Santa Monica be up for a public vote?




A mixed-use development in Santa Monica on 5th St between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. The building has retail spaces on the ground level and residential units on the floors above.
A mixed-use development in Santa Monica on 5th St between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. The building has retail spaces on the ground level and residential units on the floors above.
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When Santa Monicans head to vote on the presidential race this November, they may also decide the future of the city and its skyline.

Activists have gathered the signatures they need to put on the ballot the Land Use Voter Empowerment initiative, or "LUVE."

It was spearheaded by a group of local residents calling themselves Residocracy, who say large-scale developments are taking over the city.

If the initiative passes, then all building projects in Santa Monica that exceed 32 feet, which is anything three stories or more, will have to be voted on by the public. The same voter-approval process would take place if a development got special changes to the zoning rules.

Matthew Hall, editor for the Santa Monica Daily Press, joins Take Two to explain more about the backers and opponents of the measure.